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Applied Materials Benefits Specialist III - (B3) in Dubuque, Iowa

Applied Materials is the leader in materials engineering solutions to produce virtually every new chip and advanced display in the world. Our expertise in modifying materials at atomic levels and on an industrial scale enables customers to transform possibilities into reality. Our innovations make possible the technology shaping the future. To achieve this, we employ some of the best, brightest, and most talented people in the world who work together as part of a winning team.

While virtually every nationality, culture, and background are currently represented within Applied Materials, we strive for a more robust Culture of Inclusion (COI) and diversity. Leveraging our COI vision helps drive innovation, build organizational capabilities, create equal opportunities for everyone, and achieve our companys definition of Winning.

The Benefits Specialist is an individual contributor role with primary responsibility of managing the day-to-day of the US leave of absence, disability, time off, and life/AD&D programs. The position will have a heavy emphasis on tactical and operational tasks. The ideal candidate has a broad benefits background, and demonstrated success managing vendors.

The benefits department at Applied Materials has a team-based culture and this role will also provide support to the US and Global benefits programs, health care (medical, dental and vision), income protection, retirement, and paid time off policies.

This position can be remote within the USA. Headquarters is based in Santa Clara, California.

Key Responsibilities

US Leave of Absence, Time Off, & Income Protections Programs (70%)

  • Support the US Benefits manager and external vendor partners in administering the Applied Materials leave of absence, disability, time off, and life/AD&D programs for US employees.

  • Ensure that the leave and disability programs are administered accurately, consistently, and uniformly and in line with established policies and procedures including applicable laws and regulations.

  • Process payments for paid parental leave and paid family care leave in the payroll system. Experience with SAP preferred.

  • Audit leave entries in the HR system. Workday experience preferred.

  • Reconcile overpayment issues relating to leaves.

  • Acts as the first point of contact in resolving complex inquiries from employees, managers, and internal stakeholders (Payroll, HR, and etc).

  • Responds to inquiries from local State Benefits Programs and from third party vendors.

  • Partner with accounting firm, Applied Finance, and vendors to complete annual STD plan audit and STD tax return filing.

Other duties (30%)

  • Monitor escalated tickets from internal HR Direct service center; respond or redirect accordingly.

  • Present new hire benefits orientation on a rotating basis with other team members

  • Assist Director, Global Benefits with international benefits and projects

  • Participate in ongoing and/or ad hoc projects as determined by the needs of the benefits department.


  • Knowledge of federal and state leave policies, practices, procedures, and laws.

  • Knowledge of state statutory disability and paid family leave laws.

  • Knowledge of U.S. benefits policies, practices, procedures, laws and regulations and system tools.

  • Experience with ERISA self-insured health and welfare plans and vendor management.

Skills and Abilities

  • Strong communication, organizational, collaboration, documentation, and presentation skills

  • Business acumen, financial analysis, and data analysis skills strong Excel skills, including pivot tables and v-lookups preferred

  • Innovation, analytical, and creative problem-solving skills

  • Capacity to deal with ambiguity and risk taking

  • Strong project management skills

  • Strong vendor management and budget management experience

  • Team oriented mentality, demonstrated multi-cultural skills

  • Ability to think critically, diagnose problems, identify appropriate solutions, and work with vendors and internal partners to achieve the desired solution

  • Ability to build positive relationships at all levels and influence others in a cross-functional environment

  • Proven ability to manage confidential information

  • Ability to travel on a limited basis

  • Position requires understanding of Applied Materials global Standards of Business Conduct and compliance with these standards at all times. This includes demonstrating the highest level of ethical conduct reflecting Applied Materials' core values.

Education and Experience

  • B.A./B.S. level degree in related field or equivalent experience

  • 2 to 4 years of experience in Benefits, including leave of absence and disability administration

  • High technology industry experience

  • Experience in support of a variety of client functions

Applied Materials is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity in its workforce.




Bachelor's Degree




Years of Experience:

4 - 7 Years

Work Experience:

Additional Information


Yes, 10% of the Time

Relocation Eligible:


Applied Materials is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law.